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Macedonia


Overview

The Republic of Macedonia is located in the central Balkan peninsula in south east Europe.

The country became an independent nation in 1991 and joined the United Nations in 1993.

Political and economic reform over recent years has ensured the strengthening of democratic society and an advancing free market economy. The result has been political and economic stability which has led to Macedonia being a member of the Council for Europe and an approved candidate country for full European Union status. Macedonia has also applied for full NATO membership which is expected to be ratified in the near future.

Macedonia is strategically well placed for foreign direct investment and future business expansion; a growing industrial and service based economy that benefits from having:

  • Competitive location
  • Excellent infrastructure
  • Competitive and educated workforce
  • Investment Incentives
  • An Investor friendly Government, welcoming and ready to serve investors

The Macedonian constitution guarantees fair treatment of foreign investors and protects the ownership rights of foreign investors. The nation is a member of MIGA – the Multilateral Investment Guaranty Agency and has investment protection treaties with numerous countries.

The Republic of Macedonia is a landlocked country covering some 25,713 square km and shares borders with Kosovo and Serbia to the north, Bulgaria to the east, Greece to the south and Albania to the west. The country's overall population is 2.1 million and the capital city is Skopje, with 506,926 inhabitants. Other major cities include Bitola, Kumanovo, Prilep, Tetovo, Ohrid, Veles, Štip and Gostivar. It has over 50 lakes, plus sixteen mountains higher than 2,000 m (6,562 ft.).

Macedonia is governed by a multi-party unicameral parliamentary democracy that is comprised of 123 MPs.

The currency of Macedonia is the Macedonian Denar (MKD) which is pegged to the Euro. The approximate value £1 = MKD 78.00.

The country dialling code is +389, Internet Code .mk and the time zone is GMT +1hr.


Macedonia – Location, Logistics and Connectivity

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Macedonia - Access to 650 million consumers

Macedonia is at the cross-roads of South Eastern Europe, which makes it an ideal transit and distribution centre for products for European markets. The developed road and railway infrastructure, in combination with the small area of the country enables access to every inhabited place in Macedonia in less than 3 hours.

Freight goods distributed from Macedonia can be delivered within a day to all parts of Central and Eastern Europe and within two days to Western Europe.

Macedonia enjoys duty free access to a market of over 650 million customers through three multilateral agreements; (SAA, EFTA and CEFTA) and two bilateral Free Trade agreements with Turkey and the Ukraine.

Telecommunications

The Republic of Macedonia has a modern digital telecommunications network. The Macedonian telecommunications sector is the most liberalized in the region. At the moment, fixed telephone services are offered by eight companies, while mobile telephony is in constant development. The presence of three mobile operators guarantees quality and availability of services. The Macedonian country phone code is +389.

The country’s excellent Internet access has made a very positive contribution to the overall business climate. Macedonia pursues international trends in the development of its Internet communications and enables easy and fast Internet access made via numerous Internet providers. The Macedonian Internet Country Code is .mk.

Road Infrastructure

The overall road network of the country totals 13,278 km of roads, with continuous investment in accordance with the National Road Transport Strategy, prepared by the Ministry of Transport and Communications with assistance from the EU. New projects and network maintenance are carried out according to the Public Investment Program annual updates.

The backbone of the country’s road network consists of the two Pan-European corridors; East-West Corridor 8 and North-South Corridor 10.

 

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Macedonian Connectivity
Railway

The railway network is about 900 km. Serbia and Greece are connected by rail that runs in a broadly north-south direction through Macedonia. East to west railway infrastructure (Corridor 8) has yet to be complete but will be approximately 306 km. Currently the rail system extends for about 154km through Macedonian with a further 89 km to be constructed to the east connecting to Bulgaria and about 63km to the west connecting into Albania.

Railway transport is managed by the public owned “Macedonian Railways” and at present, the company is the only provider of railway services in the country.

Macedonia is warming to the idea of building a regional north-south high-speed railroad, which in its final stage would link the Greek port of Thessaloniki to Budapest via Skopje and Belgrade.

Airports

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Skopje’s Alexander the Great Airport

There are two international airports in Skopje and Ohrid with regular direct connections to several larger European centres. In 2008, following negotiations with the Macedonian government, the Turkish airport operator "TAV" was granted a 20 year concession to operate and manage the Macedonian airport system. Under the concession, "TAV" is to modernize the international airports Alexander the Great in Skopje and St. Paul in Ohrid, and to build a new cargo airport in Shtip.

 

City Flight Time 
Rome                   1hr 50m     ns     
Zurich 2hr 10m     ns
Berlin 2hr 20m     ns
Frankfurt 2hr 30m     ns
Paris 2hr 50m     ns
London 3hr 20m     ns
Moscow 4hr 40m     *
Dubai 5hr             *
Toronto 12 hr 05m  *
New York 13hr           *
Mumbai           13h 10m    *
Beijing 14hr           *
Sao Paolo 14hr 35m   *
Shanghai 15hr 25m   *
   
Flight times to major connections from Skopje. (ns = non-stop, *=not a direct flight)

   
Sea

  

Being a landlocked country Macedonia accesses ports at Thessalonica in Greece and Durres in Albania.

     

Energy 

  

The broadly spread network for distribution and supply of electricity makes Macedonia a favorable destination for investment. In 2006, the Austrian EVN undertook the supply of the domestic market with electricity. Energy sector development is a priority in Macedonia, especially taking into consideration the fact that 70% of the technically available hydro-potential is open for current and future investment.

   

Gas Pipelines

   

The gas pipeline system, with a capacity of 800 million m³ annually, is constructed along Corridor 8. The length of the main gas pipeline is around 98 km, and it runs from the border with Bulgaria to Skopje. The distribution network already in place is 26 km long and the city network is 31.5 km long.

Planned development of the gas pipeline network in the Republic of Macedonia is centred on constructing new facilities for the production of electric and/or heating power, expanding direct supply to potential consumers, as well as upgrading the gas pipeline network in the region and beyond.

  

Oil pipeline Thessaloniki (Greece) – Skopje (Macedonia)

  

The 212.6 km oil pipeline is used for the transport of raw oil from the port of Thessalonica to the refinery in Skopje. The oil pipeline was built in 2002 along Corridor 10 and its capacity is 360 m³/h, which represents 2.5 million tons annually.

 

Macedonia – a business supportive environment

  

Given the need for speed in today’s global marketplace, Macedonia is fast becoming a major European service and distribution hub. You can set up a company here in just four hours! The World Bank "Ease of doing Business 2014" report shows that Macedonia is a regional heavyweight and 25th country in the World. Macedonia has also had a positive Forbes review coming 36th in a ranking of “Best Countries for Business.


Macedonian Accolades


7th BEST IN STARTING A BUSINESS IN THE WORLD

World Bank’s Doing Business 2014 Report

 BEST CONSECUTIVE REFORMER IN SOUTH EASTERN EUROPE

Based on the World Bank’s Doing Business Reports in the last three years

1st IN TOTAL TAX RATE IN THE WORLD

PwC and World Bank Group Study 2014

2nd BEST IN STARTING A BUSINESS IN EUROPE & CENTRAL ASIA

World Bank’s Doing Business 2014 Report

 26th IN OVERALL PAYING TAXES

PwC and World Bank Group Study 2014


 

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Highlighting reform has been the setting up of key “Technology Industrial Development Zones”, (TIDZs) which are shown on the map below.

Essentially these zones have been established to host high-tech, clean industrial enterprises. These enterprises are typically export orientated and are engaged in ITC as well as scientific research and development based on new technologies with high environmental standards.

 

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Companies operating out of the Macedonian TIDZs enjoy special benefits and incentives. These include:

 

  • Strategic location
  • Developed infrastructure for electricity, telecoms, security, gas, water and waste treatment
  • Fiscal Benefits where corporate tax is 0% for the first ten years (rising to 10% after 10 years, personal income tax is 0% for the first ten years (rising to 10% thereafter), VAT and customs duties for export production are 0%.
  • Customs duty on raw materials and equipment is 0% inside a Macedonian TIDZ – outside duty ranges from 5% to 20%

 

Macedonia has just started the construction of a  TIDZ in Radovish. “The TIDZs in the state are one of the greatest works of our generation if taken to consideration all of the current investments and newly created working positions all over the state and that is what Macedonia needs”, emphasized the Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski at the start of construction at Radovish.

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Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski at the start of construction at Radovish.

 

Many global businesses are already taking advantage of Macedonia’s TIDZs, including Johnson Controls, Johnson Mathey, KEMET, Teknohose, Van Hool and Protek.


 

Macedonia is business-friendly and welcoming

  

Registering your business

  

As all foreign investors are granted the same rights and privileges as Macedonian nationals, they are entitled to establish and operate all types of self-owned private companies or joint-stock companies. Foreign investors are not required to obtain special permission from state-authorized institutions, other than what is customarily required by law.

Under Company Law, companies are formed as separate legal entities that operate independently and are distinct from their founders, shareholders and managers. Depending on the type, companies have their own rights, liabilities, names and registered offices. The law defines five forms of companies: General Partnership, Limited Partnership, Limited Liability Company, Joint Stock Company and Limited Partnership by Shares.

Macedonia has introduced a one-stop-shop system that enables investors to register their businesses after 4 hours of submitting on application (in practice, it might take 1-2 business days).

One can either register a company in Macedonia by visiting one office, obtaining the information from a single place, and addressing one employee or register your business electronically from your respective country negating the need for a physical presence. This significantly reduces administrative barriers and start-up costs.

100% foreign ownership of a company in Macedonia is permitted and there is no restriction on the repatriation of profits.

The cost of registering a business is in the region of £35.00

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Kokino – Bronze Age Archaeological site - Macedonia

 

When registering a company as a physical entity, the following documents are required before you go to the Central Register:

1. A contract establishing the company, or a statement establishing the company if it is established by a single person, with all attachments including the power of attorney for the proxy certified by a notary;

2. Copy of passport or ID card if the founder is a natural person or proof for registration of the parent company if the founder is a legal entity;

3. Decision on appointment of a manager of the company, if it isn’t stated in the contract for establishing of the company, in which decision shall be stated: the given name and surname of the manager, his personal number (EMBG in Macedonia), passport number or ID number, his/her citizenship and place of residence;

4. Statements of all of the managers of the company that they accept their appointments certified by a notary. If the contract for establishing the company stipulates that the company shall be managed by more than one manager, but it shall be officially represented only by one of the managers, with or without a proxy, then statement that he/she accepts the representation of the company in the manner specified in the contract for the establishing of the company shall be required.

5. The decision for appointment of the supervisory board members, if the company in its organizational structure had foreseen a supervisory authority, in which decision shall be stated: the given name and surname, personal number (EMBG in Macedonia), passport number or ID number, his/her citizenship and place of residence;

6. Statement of the legal representative of the legal person, or a statement of the natural person, certified by notary that there are no legal obstacles for it/him/her to be the founder of the company as stated in Article 29 of the Company Law;

7. Statement of incorporation, statutory amendments and transformation of the company as stated in Article 32 of Company Law.

 

You do not have to deposit any money to establish a company. The minimum capital requirement of €5,000 for a limited liability company registered as a foreign direct investment has to be deposited within one year of founding through monetary contribution via remittances in domestic commercial banks in temporary accounts.

To open a bank account in a commercial bank in Macedonia you need the following original or notary certified documents:

 

  • written request for opening the account
  • certificate from the company register not older than 6 months
  • evidence of assigned tax number
  • certificate from the company register not older than 12 months
  • notarized signature of the company manager.

 

Neither the owner nor the manager of the company needs to be personally present at the bank when opening the account.

For persons authorized to use the account you need:

 

  • Proof of identification, and
  • written authorization signed by the legal representative.

 

To operate in certain fields, such as pharmaceuticals, banking, insurance, and educational activities, the company registration process is followed by a licensing process with the relevant authorities. A license or other act issued by a relevant authority shall be necessary to be presented to the Central Register in order to complete the registration of the company in such case. The employees in the Central Register are trained to direct newly registered companies to the appropriate licensing authorities.

  
Work permits/Visas

  

Foreign residents can easily establish employment in the Republic of Macedonia, after getting an appropriate visa or permit from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, i.e. Diplomatic-consular offices abroad.

Nationals of EU member-states, as well as nationals of the state-parties to the Schengen agreement may enter the Republic of Macedonia presenting a valid identity card issued by the competent authorities of the EU member-states or of the state-parties to the Schengen agreement.

 

Type of visas:

  

  • Entry visa
  • Business visa,
  • Employment visa

 

Visa requirements and procedure:

  

Visas shall be issued only at the embassies or consulates of the Republic of Macedonia abroad;

The validity of the passport or other travel document of the applicant has to be minimum 3 (three) months;

The applicant is to contact an embassy or the consulate of the Republic of Macedonia for additional information about the conditions and procedure for visa issuance;

The application may be submit to the embassy/consulate of the Republic of Macedonia by post mail or  by fax, in which case the applicant must collect the visa in person;

Using the list of diplomatic and consular missions of the Republic of Macedonia abroad (which can be found at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs visa applicants can choose the most convenient embassy/consulate to submit the  application.

 

Types of permits:

  

  • Work Permit
  • Residence Permit
  
Licenses and Permits

  

In addition to the registration of all business activities as stipulated by the Company Law, some business activities must obtain additional working licenses or permits before starting their operations. For the companies operating in these fields, the registration process is followed by a licensing process with the relevant authorities covering the matter of licenses and/or permits in their respective business area.

Employees in the Central Register are trained to direct newly registered companies to the appropriate licensing authorities.


  

Education and Workforce

  

The average Macedonian employee possesses good linguistic, interpersonal, and teamwork skills. In general, Macedonian education is concentrated on providing a broad set of knowledge to the future workforce.6% of all Macedonian GDP is spent on education.

Macedonia has a young and educated workforce with a strong work ethic and excellent industrial relations record. 41.5% of the Macedonian population is under 30.

Every child in Macedonia begins to learn English in the first grade of primary school. In the sixth grade a second foreign language is introduced as mandatory, and a third as optional. Two foreign languages are mandatory in high school as well: English, and one of German, French, or Russian. Also, the system of higher education entails two years of professional English. Regional languages (Serbian, Bulgarian, Albanian, Greek and Turkish) are widely understood and spoken.

96% of all secondary school students in Macedonia learn English, 32% French and 21% German.

Numerous private international educational institutions exist in Macedonia, both European and American, starting from pre-school all the way to university. The Ministry of Education maintains a listing of accredited educational institutions. More than 95% of all high school graduates enrolled in universities in 2012.

Universities in Macedonia are open and willing to collaborate with incoming investors in honing particular skills and working on bespoke customized training programmes as required.

Numerous HR companies and recruitment agencies operate in Macedonia.

The average gross monthly salary in Macedonia in 2015 is £390, one of the lowest in Europe. This amount includes the net salary, personal income tax (10%) and social contributions of around 27% that goes towards:

 

  • pension and disability insurance
  • health insurance
  • employment insurance
  • additional health insurance

 

The minimum wage payable in Macedonia is around £105.00 per month. Employees are entitled to annual leave of between 20 and 26 days.

According to the Law on Labour Relations, employment can be terminated in the following cases:

 

  • By agreement between the employer and employee;
  • Upon expiry of a fixed–term of employment;
  • When enforced by law;
  • By notice, supplied either by the employer or the employee;
  • Due business reasons (e.g. restructuring).

  

National holidays

   

January 1 New Year's Day
January 7 Orthodox Christmas
January 19    Christening of Jesus Christ
May 1 Labour Day
May 24 Saints Cyril and Methodius Day
August 2 Republic Day
September 8    Independence Day
October 11 National Uprising Day
October 23 Revolutionary Struggle Day
December 11 Saint Clement of Ohrid Day
  

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The Macedonian Economy at a Glance

  

Since its independence in 1991, Macedonia has made significant progress in liberalizing its economy and improving its business environment. The top priorities of the Government include economic growth and development, active participation in the regional and global integration processes, maintenance of economic stability, and attraction of foreign direct investment. To this end, the government has strengthened its activities towards attracting and handling FDI by assigning Economic Promoters throughout over 20 countries worldwide.

Promoters have the challenging task of promoting Macedonia as an investment location, personally meeting potential investors, and ultimately convincing investors to visit Macedonia, gaining first hand insight of the opportunities that exist in the country.

Macedonia’s economy is closely linked to Europe as a customer for exports and source of investment. Macedonia maintained macroeconomic stability through the global financial crisis by conducting prudent monetary policy, which keeps the domestic currency pegged against the euro, and by limiting fiscal deficits. The government has been loosening fiscal policy, however, and the budget deficit expanded to 4.2% of GDP in 2013. Macedonia achieved modest GDP growth in 2013 after a small contraction in 2012; inflation is under control.

 

Economic Indicators

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GDP - per capita

$10,800 (2013)

$10,600 (2012)

Labour force     

960,700 (2013)

Labour force - by occupation

  • agriculture: 18.8%
  • industry: 27.5%
  • services: 53.7%

Unemployment rate

28.6% (2013)

31% (2012)

Inflation rate (CPI)

2.8% (2013)

3.3% (2012)

Central bank discount rate

3.25% (31 December 2013)

3.75% (31 December 2012)

Commercial bank prime lending rate

6.4% (31 December 2013)

6.8% (31 December 2012)

Exports (2013)

US$ 3.295 Billion

Imports (2013)

US$5.241 Billion

Trade Balance (2013)

-1.945 Billion 

Industrial Production Growth Rate:

13.8%

                                          

 

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Macedonian Taxation

 

Tax      %      
Corporate Income Tax 10
Tax on Retained Earnings  0
Personal Income Tax 10
VAT (General) 18
VAT (Preferrential on some Products  5
Property Tax 0.1 - 0.2
Inheritance and gift Tax 2.0 - 5.0
Sales tax on Real Estate 2.0 - 4.0

 

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Regional Tax regimes


 

Industry Sectors and Investment Opportunities

  

Automotive Components

  

Macedonia has long-term experience in engineering and manufacturing and has a workforce skilled in these sectors. The country is particularly suitable for the manufacture of high value-to-weight labour-intensive products such as safety systems (seat belts, airbags), electronics (controllers, sensors), precision plastic products, aluminium and zinc die-casting and grey iron casting components. Macedonia serves markets in Europe, Russia, Turkey, Africa and the USA and already hosts global businesses such as Van Hool, Kromberg & Schubert, Johnson Controls, KEMET and Teknohose.

ICT

Many international companies are successfully developing software in Macedonia for the export market and others are providing 24/7 telephone customer support for major multinational IT companies. Leading multinational hardware and software suppliers including Microsoft, HP and IBM are represented in Macedonia where there is a growing demand for competitive outsourced services.

 

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Agribusiness and Food Processing

  

This sector’s numerous competitive advantages include a unique combination of a continental and sub-Mediterranean climate, environmentally friendly production practices, sound food processing technologies, highly qualified labour, excellent access to regional markets, and a reputation for quality food products.

Agribusiness is one of the fastest growing sectors in Macedonia. More than 400,000 are engaged in the sector which accounts for some 16% of Macedonian GDP. 304 agricultural enterprises and over 170,000 family owned agricultural holdings ensure there is an excellent supply of produce.

Industrial crops harvested in Macedonia include:

  • Tobacco
  • Poppy (In accordance with international standards and agreements
  • Sunflower (Production of edible sunflower oil)

50,000 hectares of land are given to the production of vegetables and Macedonia has some 14,000 ha of fruit producing orchards. The main crops include: tomatoes, watermelons, potatoes, peppers, beans and cabbages.

Grape growing and the production of wine is assuming greater importance in Macedonia (in particular as an investment opportunity) where there are over 21,000ha of vineyards.

The wine production industry accounts for some 20% of total agricultural GDP. There are some 80 existing wineries in the country that produce 100 million litres of wine.

Major export markets include; Germany, Slovenia, Serbia, USA, Russia and China.

Macedonia has put in place structures that will encourage investment in a further 150 wineries within the country. These structures centre around: location, proximity to wine growing regions, accessible road infrastructure and sufficient quantities of quality grapes.

To date 66 locations have been identified in 6 municipalities where the average location size is between 3000 and 4000 square metres. State aid in the form of co-financing is available.

Also important within the Macedonian agribusiness is sheep and goat cheese production.



 

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Healthcare Products (Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices)

  

With a well-established pharmaceutical industry, Macedonia supplies primarily finished generic products to over 30 countries in the region and beyond. The salary levels of qualified medical staff are substantially lower than those of comparable staff in the EU. Medical tourism is constantly on the rise. Macedonia has an abundance of medical and pharmacy graduates.

 

Chemicals

  

Macedonia has a substantial chemical industry with a well-developed capacity for the production of basic chemicals, synthetic fibres, polyvinyl chloride, as well as detergents, fertilizers, polyurethane foams and fibres.

In addition to opportunities for greenfield FDI, existing capacities in chemical processing, including cosmetic products, have good growth potential for foreign investors.

 

Clothing, Textiles and Leather

  

Macedonia has a global reputation for bespoke textile and clothing production. The competitive export advantages of this sector include short delivery periods, flexibility of delivery size together with exceptional value for money. In addition to garments, there is manufacturing and investment potential for cotton thread and fabric, wool yarn, and knitted fabric.

 

Energy

  

Energy sector development is a high priority in Macedonia and the Government is committed to public and private investment. A national energy strategy is being developed that will be based on energy diversification and the exploitation of renewable sources of energy.

 

Gas

  

Macedonia is currently undertaking a feasibility study for expanding the national gas transmission system with potential support (between EUR 250 – 300 Million) from global financial institutions.

The government is committed to a supporting the development of regional gas pipelines that will see more regional centres connected to a grid where gas consumption is expected to rise exponentially over the next 20 years.

 

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Planned gas distribution system

  

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Projected increase in gas usage by centre

 

Hydro Power Plants 

 

The Macedonian Government sees great potential for this sector to attract international investment.

Eighty potential locations with a total installed capacity of 63MW have been identified, with investment costs to develop all sites estimated at €176 million. The Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning is responsible for issuing and organizing the tendering procedure.

Small hydro has been and remains a priority for Macedonia, which offers one of the most attractive investment opportunities in the region; with competitive feed-in tariffs, low construction and labour costs, low corporate and personal income tax and an attractive return on investment. To date, Macedonia has seen 30 small hydropower plant investments of which 16 are already operational and 14 others should be completed this year.

The International Finance Corporation, the private sector development arm of the World Bank group, has been working with the Macedonia government to streamline and improve existing regulation and procedures for the tendering process related to SHPPs.

There is ultimately  potential for construction of 400 SHPPs with total installed capacity of 250 MW and average annual electricity production of 1200 GWh.

 

Thermal Power Plants

  

The Thermal Power Plant at Bitola is located 8 km east of the city of Bitola and about 15 km north from the Greek border. The total installed capacity is 675 MW and the power plant is the country’s major energy source. About 70% of the total energy produced in Macedonia is generated in TPP Bitola

The Power Plant has three units and has been operational for about 20 years. Each unit has a capacity of 225 MW and consumes about 2 mil.t of lignite annually.

€154.25Million is being invested to modernise the plant at Bitola and reduce dust and SOx (Sulphur Oxide) emissions.

 

Renewable Energy

  

There is a concerted effort in Macedonia to deliver renewable energy that considers both wind and solar activity making use of the county’s fortunate geographical position and continental climate that ensures hot, dry summers and high intensity solar radiation.

Numerous energy investment opportunities exist and the Government encourages investment in both traditional and renewable energy projects.

 

Real Estate

  

The greatest potential in the real estate sector is expected in the area of commercial real estate, residential buildings, multi-level parking facilities, and construction of hotels.

In Skopje there is potential for the development of 4 hotels including one in the proximity of the airport, shopping and business centres as well as sports and recreational spaces including golf courses. In Ohrid there are plans for further hotel development along the lakeside.

Foreign individuals and companies can now directly acquire/lease property in Macedonia.

 

Tourism

  

Macedonia’s cultural heritage, combined with a temperate climate, beautiful landscape and unmatched hospitality, makes Macedonia an attractive area for the development of both summer and winter tourism. With around 1,000 churches and monasteries, as well as more than 4,200 archaeological sites, Macedonia is amongst the most attractive destinations for cultural tourism in Europe.

 

Film

  

Geographically Macedonia has landscapes of great variety in close proximity of each other. That coupled with an average of 280 sunny days lends itself well to outdoor locational film shooting.

A film producer interested in investing funds in Republic of Macedonia for making a feature film, documentary, animation, television film or television series, may acquire the right to refund 20% of direct eligible expenditures paid in Republic of Macedonia.

Eligible expenditures

1) Production services

2) Postproduction services

3) Animation services

4) Procurement of goods for film sets and the costumes needed for production of the film/television project.


 

Rich cultural life

  

Macedonia is steeped in history going back beyond Alexander the Great. There are over 4000 archaeological sites and more than 950 churches and monasteries with over 150,000 square metres decorated with murals. The churches house more than 22,500 fresco paintings and 240 iconostaces, baldachins and archbishopric thrones, all wood carved. There are numerous examples of tower, battlement and bridge as well as 228 buildings that have an Ottoman heritage.

Museums and galleries exhibit over 500,000 items of great historic significance. Macedonia is home to over 1600 villages where traditional crafts and agricultural techniques are passed through the generations.

The country boasts a rich heritage in literature, the arts, architecture, crafts, music folklore and film as well as a fine wine and excellent food.

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Great recreational activities

  

 

There is much to do in Macedonia apart from understanding and experiencing the culture of a country rich in history and tradition. More modern day pursuits include skiing – there are 6 major ski centres in the country. Camping is popular especially in the region around Lake Ohrid and Prespa Lake where swimming and water sports take place.

Macedonia has three national parks in Mavrovo, Galithica and Pelister which supports rural and eco-tourism.

Spa breaks are popular as parts of Macedonia are rich with geothermal waters and thermal springs.

Regrettably cricket is not a major sporting pastime in Macedonia.


  

Contact

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Mr Oliver Sam, Head of International, Invest Macedonia, London

Tel:        +44 (0) 207 976 0720      -      e:mail:   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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